• Author arn
  • Posted On2009-04-23 17:13:01
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Apple has officially hit one billion downloads from their iTunes App Store. Apple has been running a 1 Billion App Countdown promotion offering a package of Apple prizes valued at over $13,000. App Store customers had a chance to win a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card, an iPod touch, a Time Capsule, and a MacBook Pro. The competition is now closed and the result should be announced shortly.

The 1 billion download mark is massive, of course, though Apple hasn't revealed the breakdown of Free vs Paid applications. Apple did reveal at a recent financial results conference call that they have now sold 37 million iPhones and iPod Touches. That is a jump of 7 million devices since December of 2008.

Of interest to our readers, Games remain the single largest category in the App Store and seem to represent a disproportionate number of the top app sales rankings. Apple has published a list of the all time top paid and free applications.

Obviously, we feel that the iPhone gaming market is growing tremendously and these numbers certainly confirm that.

  • Jim

    It's going to be me. In fact, I'm getting a phone call now. Oh, Hi Steve Jobs. What's that? Is my refrigerator running? Why, of course it is. Oh Steve; you're a joker and you're wild.

    That was pointless. I hope I win. :)

  • Jim

    It's going to be me. In fact, I'm getting a phone call now. Oh, Hi Steve Jobs. What's that? Is my refrigerator running? Why, of course it is. Oh Steve; you're a joker and you're wild.

    That was pointless. I hope I win. :)

  • rich_952000

    Arn, where's the numbers that TA members contributed to this software shopping obsession; I'm sure we make up like 25% 1 billion App figure ;)

  • rich_952000

    Arn, where's the numbers that TA members contributed to this software shopping obsession; I'm sure we make up like 25% 1 billion App figure ;)

  • spiffyone

    Kinda makes you wonder if Apple would think of releasing a dedicated game platform....

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      Apple is marketing the iPod touch as a game platform. Check the TV spots.

  • cyprix

    All that numbers are really great, but I really hope they'll sort out the App Store when publishing OS 3.0.

  • spiffyone

    Kinda makes you wonder if Apple would think of releasing a dedicated game platform....

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      Apple is marketing the iPod touch as a game platform. Check the TV spots.

  • cyprix

    All that numbers are really great, but I really hope they'll sort out the App Store when publishing OS 3.0.

  • Brett

    That means the average iphone/ipod touch owner has 27 apps installed on their device :O

  • Acidbottle

    has been a tremendous success, gratz to apple!

    .. on a downer tho, i really hope theres a little more quality control in future. take for instance the dev that released about 100 slide puzzle games with such amazing and exciting stock pictures like a hedge! please, can the next billion have no more rps and slide puzzle apps .. TIA :D

  • Brett

    That means the average iphone/ipod touch owner has 27 apps installed on their device :O

  • Acidbottle

    has been a tremendous success, gratz to apple!

    .. on a downer tho, i really hope theres a little more quality control in future. take for instance the dev that released about 100 slide puzzle games with such amazing and exciting stock pictures like a hedge! please, can the next billion have no more rps and slide puzzle apps .. TIA :D

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  • Galaxius

    Didn't AT&T report under 2 million iphones this quarter? Meaning 5 million touches were sold maybe? Regardless that is AMAZING to reach a billion that fast

    • Mihir

      They ve sold 37 million iphones and touches till now....catching up on PSPs 50 million :)

  • Galaxius

    Didn't AT&T report under 2 million iphones this quarter? Meaning 5 million touches were sold maybe? Regardless that is AMAZING to reach a billion that fast

    • Mihir

      They ve sold 37 million iphones and touches till now....catching up on PSPs 50 million :)

  • PeterM11

    Congratulations to Apple!

    A tremendous achievement!

    I hope I win. I really need a mac. :) prease apple?

  • PeterM11

    Congratulations to Apple!

    A tremendous achievement!

    I hope I win. I really need a mac. :) prease apple?

  • http://www.mobstarentertainment.com mek

    I can count for 630 apps (according to my itunes account)

  • http://www.bulletdev.com/ James (BulletDev)

    Wow! Pretty cool.

    I'm guessing 2 billion by October.

  • http://www.mobstarentertainment.com mek

    I can count for 630 apps (according to my itunes account)

  • http://www.bulletdev.com/ James (BulletDev)

    Wow! Pretty cool.

    I'm guessing 2 billion by October.

  • Jordan10la

    Nice. I'd love to win.

  • Jordan10la

    Nice. I'd love to win.

  • slappy

    Fantastic Apple. I'm sure TouchArcade helped with these great reviews of new apps/games.

  • slappy

    Fantastic Apple. I'm sure TouchArcade helped with these great reviews of new apps/games.

  • RNF

    Wow! Other mobile app stores coming out and wanting to compete will sure have their work cut out for them. Why even bother?! :)

  • RNF

    Wow! Other mobile app stores coming out and wanting to compete will sure have their work cut out for them. Why even bother?! :)

  • hockyplaya

    I wish there was a download counter for every app! :)

    • http://starscenesoftware.com Eric5h5

      Actually they did originally have the number of downloads listed for each app. This went away quickly for reasons that should be fairly obvious.

      • Jim

        Because it always read '0' regardless of how many times it had actually been downloaded. More than a few good apps were getting one star reviews because some shoppers thought the '0' download count meant that no one had downloaded the app, and the 5 star reviews that came before must be the developers posing as happy customers.

  • hockyplaya

    I wish there was a download counter for every app! :)

    • http://starscenesoftware.com Eric5h5

      Actually they did originally have the number of downloads listed for each app. This went away quickly for reasons that should be fairly obvious.

      • Jim

        Because it always read '0' regardless of how many times it had actually been downloaded. More than a few good apps were getting one star reviews because some shoppers thought the '0' download count meant that no one had downloaded the app, and the 5 star reviews that came before must be the developers posing as happy customers.

  • mark

    Their list is pretty much useless.
    They should have scaled them over time to show rate of sale. The oldest will always be at the top and that list just reinforces that.

  • mark

    Their list is pretty much useless.
    They should have scaled them over time to show rate of sale. The oldest will always be at the top and that list just reinforces that.

  • http://www.thealienheads.com majormauser

    I guess I didn't win?

  • http://www.thealienheads.com majormauser

    I guess I didn't win?